Hiking Gunung Datuk, Negeri Sembilan

Gunung Datuk is a mountain located in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan. It's one of the state's top attractions and is known by many names: Gunung Datuk, Gunong Datuk or Mount Datuk. The name "Gunong" means "mountain" while "Datuk" refers to a Malay chieftain who once lived here. There are also other stories about how this place got its name but these are just legends passed down from generation to generation. Gunung Datuk has an elevation of 1,050 meters above sea level (MASL), making it one of Malaysia's highest peaks outside Sarawak and Sabah. However, don't let its low height fool you because there are still plenty of things to do here!

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Hiking at Gunung Datuk, Negeri Sembilan

Hiking Gunung Datuk, Negeri Sembilan


Gunung Datuk is one of the most important historical sites in Negeri Sembilan. Located about 20km from Rembau town, Gunung Datuk was once home to an ancient Malay kingdom known as Kedah Tua or Old Kedah. The name 'Gunung Datuk' literally translates as 'mountain king' and it refers to a hilltop where there are many caves carved into its sides. These caves were used as shelters by hunters and fishermen who lived there thousands of years ago. Gunung Datuk has been declared a national park since 1992 by the Malaysian government because it contains many important archaeological artifacts such as pottery shards, stone tools and human remains dating back more than 10,000 years!


Gunung Datuk is located in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan. It's a mountain with an elevation of 1,795 meters above sea level and is one of the highest peaks in Malaysia. The landscape surrounding Gunung Datuk is characterized by rolling hills that are covered with lush forests and plantations as well as small villages scattered throughout its base. The climate here is warm and humid throughout most of the year but gets cooler during winter months due to its higher elevation compared to other parts of Southeast Asia.

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The trails at Gunung Datuk are marked with red and white or yellow tapes to guide you.

Gunung Datuk Trail Map

The distance of Gunung Datuk is approximately four and a half kilometres one way. The trail is well-defined except at the beginning which is relatively challenging, but you'll find that the climb after the first checkpoint is more bearable.  As you ascend, you will cross paths with loud howling monkeys swinging across treetops. Don’t be afraid to explore the dense jungle as the trails are marked with red and white or yellow tapes to guide you.

As time passes, the slope gets less steep and in no time, a cool breeze welcomes you which is a pleasant reprieve from the oppressive humidity. Soon, you will arrive at an open area located just beneath the summit which is also a camping site among hikers. You will immediately be wowed by the large towering rock formations which marks the successful end of your hike up. Use the steel ladders for assistance to get you to the very top of the Gunung Datuk boulders.

Once you’ve arrived at the summit, take your sweet time to rest and enjoy the breath-taking views. If you are fortunate enough to come on a clear day, you can even see as far as the Straits of Malacca.

At this point, you may feel exhausted from the strenuous climbing, but thankfully the way down is easier. Be sure to relax your muscles and recharge for as long as you wish before starting your journey back down!

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The climb after the first checkpoint is more bearable.

Hiking Duration & Trail Distance

The distance to be covered is approximately 4.6 kilometres each way. However, the duration required to reach the summit and back down is very much dependent on your stamina. The average time to hike Gunung Datuk is between 2 to 3 hours. Seasoned and fit hikers can easily make complete the trail under 2 hours.

Gunung Datuk Difficulty

Some say this trail is easy, while others swear that it is very challenging and tricky. However, we highly discourage newbies from taking on this trail as it could be a difficult attempt which require a sizable amount of mental and physical preparation.

Gunung Datuk Hiking Duration
Gunung Datuk is approximately 4.6 kilometres each way

Gunung Datuk Hiking Permit & Fees

You will need to register yourself before starting your adventure. There is an entrance fee of RM5 and you have the option to hire a guide as well. If you wish to spend the night on the campsite, you need to pay an additional RM3 to pitch your own tent or RM5 to rent a tent.

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Once you have arrived at the 2,900 feet summit, you will be rewarded with the most beautiful bird's-eye views of Rembau.

Important Hiking Tips

If you are new to hiking, here are a few tips for you to prepare yourself: 
  1. Go on a weekday if you wish to avoid the crowd.
  2. Bring enough water with you.
  3. Make your location known by updating your family members beforehand.
  4. Pack essential items such as sunscreen, map, first aid supplies, headlamp or flashlight, and insect repellent.
  5. Wear the right shoes and socks.
  6. Pack light and bring necessary items only.
  7. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  8. Stay on the trails.
  9. Do not disturb wildlife.

How to Get to Gunung Datuk

If you are driving, simply follow Google Maps by keying in the following coordinates: 2.543582, 102.169123. Alternatively, you can also use Waze to get to the "Gunung Datuk Entrance". Bear in mind that the road leading to the Gunung Datuk parking space is very narrow and could only fit one car.

Address: Gunung Datuk Recreational Forest, Hutan Lipur Gunung Datuk, 71350 Kota, Negeri Sembilan.

Be prepared to be mesmerised by the magnificent views upon arriving at the summit of Gunung Datuk. Don't forget to share your travel & dining moments with us on Instagram by tagging @rollinggrace or #RollingGrace. Happy travelling!


  1. Bestnya tengok dan baca pengalaman orang hiking. Yaya memang tak mampu nak memanjat bukit apatah lagi gunung so tumpang seronok orang lain je hihi

  2. dah lama x pergi hiking.. seronoknya sebenarnya kalau dapat melalui kawasan yg penuh kehijauan... hiking kat n9 ni mcm famous kan tempat nya

  3. Cantiknya view dari atas gunung tu. Berbaloi-baloi mendaki kan? Baru tahu lokasi di Negeri Sembilan. Nanti nak plan ke sana. Thank you Grace.

  4. Wow....this reminded of my last hiking trip, gonna check out this place, thanks for this. Cheers Siennylovesdrawing

  5. WOW.. laluan nampak mencabar dan view di puncak sangat menarik.. terima kasih atas perkongsian Tips dan panduan


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